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    Timelines for recovery

    OK, enough about rumors. Let´s be precise here, quads and paras. What exactly has returned and when? And how much exercise did you do, what kind? And level? And how traumatic was the injury?

    I´ll start

    T11-T12 crushed by dodge ram pick up. Spinal roots intact

    First week: Had almost normal genital sensation, painful urethral sensation, normal anal sensation including pinprick. No motor or sensation from waist down. Belly shots did not hurt. Could feel full bladder.

    1-2 months: Pressure sensation down to feet, with patches of no sensation. Could not pee at all.

    4 months: more and more sensation. Normal sensation in belly (refused shots there LOL), semi normal in butt. Reflexive peeing if bladder full with no control. Unable to pee at will (tried). L leg much more spastic than R (later it will be the opposite)

    6 months: Normal abdominal muscles. Hip flexors come back, R stronger than L 2 plus versus 1 plus. Flicker glut contraction. temperature sensation R hamstrings, soles of feet, and butt. Patches of pinprick L thigh. Normal sensation to below both inguinal areas.

    7 -9 months: Stronger gluts, L knee flexors 2/5,toes back 3/5, plantar flexors 2/5. Abductors and adductors 2/5. Can start to hold urine and pee at will, but with urgency. Right leg becomes severely spastic, and right foot at risk of contracture, with 0/5 ankle movement. Horribly spastic and painful R hip. L leg starts to feel like it´s my "good" leg, and R my screwy one.

    10-11 months: L ankle inversion 3/5, L ankle flexor 2/5. Extensors 1-2/5 in both legs. Stop cathing, can hold 350 cc urine and hold it for a while, and urinate at will. Bladder feels overactive though, not relaxed as before. No bowel accidents but am doing bowel program every other day.

    12 months: not there yet!!!

    Exercise: MINIMAL. Like, really really minimal.
    Just got my standing frame.

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    Start exercising like a mad(wo)man and youll get there.

    Check out some of my vids. You should be able to do some in that standing frame!

    http://sci.rutgers.edu/forum/showthread.php?t=63537

    Good luck!

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    IMPOSSIBLE IS NOTHING.

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    Mike is 3 months post.
    Month 1 - no sensation
    Month 2 - ASIA B Light touch patchy
    Month 3 - Light touch almost everywhere (is light touch tingle when touched?) When he touches arms can feel sensation in legs. No movement. Standing for about and hour a day for past 3 days. Uses oxycycle 2-3 times a week. Still really needs to work on his core balance and strength.

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    Crippy are you walking?
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    Quote Originally Posted by dan_nc
    Crippy are you walking?
    NOT AT ALL

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    I don't want to change the topic, but Cripply with your return you have alot of poential, why keeping the exercise at a minimum?
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    Quote Originally Posted by mr_coffee
    I don't want to change the topic, but Cripply with your return you have alot of poential, why keeping the exercise at a minimum?
    PAIN through the roof. I´ll keep trying though

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    Hi Cripply
    I am 17 years post with T12-L2. Like you a month post I got pressure sensation. two months I could pee. I still cant hold it but I know when I got to go and havent cathed since I left the rehab hospital in July of 1989. I dont do a bowel program and I go when I need to. My feet and calf muscles never came back. I chose not to bring a chair home with me from rehab and have walked with braces ever since. I walk with AFO's and a cane. I have no movement or pain sensation in my feet but I do have pressure sensation. My left is my stronger leg.

    Get to exercising girl you can do it!!!!!!!!
    T12-L2; Burst fracture L1: Incomplete walking with AFO's and cane since 1989

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    bump bump bump

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cripply
    PAIN through the roof. I´ll keep trying though
    I have pain issues as well, but they are usually under control. (It sounds like yours are much worse) One thing I do find, when I am hurting I tend to avoid exercise. But, if I can't avoid it for some reason (I will skip out on exercising on my own for instance, but won't cancel a therapy appointment) I do feel better afterwards. I'm trying to push myself to deliberately exercise when I am in pain, but don't really have the self control to follow through yet.

    My point here, after all the rambling, is perhaps exercise might help your pain somewhat? Try a little bit and see what happens? (of course you may have already taken this approach)
    T7-8 since Feb 2005

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